Sunday, December 1, 2019

Creative Nova Alexa-Enable Multi-Room Wireless Speaker With Light Spa Review


We all like to enjoy our music. This includes taking it with us on the go. But we also want to hear it with good quality. So you’ll want a product form a quality manufacturer. And the company having a good pedigree can also help. A company with a great pedigree for quality audio is Creative Labs. Their Creative Nova is a great example of a quality audio product you can take with you on the go.



Features and specs:

Dimensions (H x W x D):  165 x 165 x 283 mm, Cord Length: Approximately 1.8m

Weight:  1.4 kg (3.08 lbs), Power Adapter: 215 g (0.47 lbs)

Operating Temperature:  0°C to 45°C

Power Output:  2 x 8W Far-field Drivers, 1 x 15W Woofer, Total System Power: 30W

Drivers:  2 x 45mm Drivers, 1 x 68mm Driver, 2 x (8mm x 4mm) Passive Radiators

Frequency Response:  70 Hz ~ 20 kHz

Battery Type:  Built-in Li-ion, 2200 mAh

Battery Life:  7 hours

Charging by:  Proprietary Adaptor, 18V 2A

System Configuration:  One-piece

Bluetooth Operating Frequency:  2402 – 2480 MHz

Operating Range for Bluetooth Devices:  Up to 10 meters / 33 ft, (Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect range of device.)

Bluetooth® Version:  Bluetooth 4.1

Bluetooth Profile:  AVRCP (Bluetooth Remote Control), A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth), HFP (Hands-free Profile)

Supported Codecs:  SBC

Connector Type:  Bluetooth, AUX-in

Other Features:  Supports Spotify connect, iheart radio, tunein, Napster, Amazon music and Tidal music streaming service, IP55 Certified



The Creative Nova came in a great looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the product. Opening the box revealed a well protected product held in place by cardboard. Pulling out the product showed a product that was made of mostly plastic with some cloth and metal. Quality of materials used as well as the fit and finish was very good. The Creative Nova is well made quality product, and it shows.  Also included was the owners manual and power cord.



I really like the design of the Creative Nova. It’s round with a white plastic top that lights up. The bottom half is wrapped in cloth, with the drivers firing out along with dual passive radiators. The bottom has a woofer that is downfiring. And I love the fact that it’s waterproof, so you can take it with you outdoors, like camping or the lake or beach. The built-in handle at the top is convenient for taking it with you. And all of the controls are centrally located on the top. Under a rubber seal on the back on the connections for power and an aux input. Let’s see how it works.



Being the holiday season, I turned to Christmas music, and some of my favorite is Mannheim Steamroller: God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman. Tambourine was crisp and clean, as was the cymbals. Horns were pleasantly smooth. Piano sounded sufficiently natural. Drums had very nice dynamics, with sufficient depth, but not quite as low of an extension as I had hoped for. But then again, it is a sealed system and the bass was clean.



Pat a Pan: the shaker and tambourine were crisp and clean. The temple block had very nice tone of the wood, the flute had very nice harmonics and air. The violin was pleasantly warm with nice texture of the strings. Drums were nice and dynamic and played with authority. And there was enough resolution to hear the breathing technique of the flute.



Fum, Fum: Drums had nice dynamics impact and authority. Triangle was really crisp and clean. Violin had very good texture and timbre of the strings. Piccolo had very good harmonics and air. Oboe also had nice resolution and texture and woodiness of the reed.


I was very impressed with the Creative Nova. It’s a well made product that’s also well laid out with controls that are self explanatory so their easy to figure out. Pairing it with my LG V40 ThinQ was very simple. And the Bluetooth performance was also excellent. I was able to go over 40 feet and half a dozen walls away, and not a single glitch or hiccup in the signal. With a MSRP of $179, it’s well priced. It also has additional features, like being able to be used as a speakerphone, a sleep timer for the music, wi-fi audio streaming to listen to your online music without the need for your smartphone, as well as multi-room control.  I really liked the sound spa mode, being able to go to sleep to the nature sounds like a creek or ocean waves, and the lights were also cool but can be turned off if it’s not your cup of tea.  And of course having Alexa built-in to check the weather is also a great feature.



The Creative Nova is a great wireless speaker system that is loaded with features.  Not only is it a great sounding speaker system, you have Bluetooth to stream from your smartphone and wi-fi to stream music from your home network as well as connect multiple Nova’s together for a multi-room system. And being waterproof means you can take it with you outdoors and not worry about it being rained on (just don’t submerge it in the creek or pool). Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Creative Nova has earned our Highly Recommended Award. For more info and specs, check out their website at www.us.creative.com.



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iBeam 360-Degree 3D SVM Vehicle Camera System with DVR


If you’re looking for something for your car, either a stereo, accessories or components, chances are Metra has you covered. One of the companies under Metra’s corporate umbrella is iBeam. They make some great car accessories, such as back-up cameras. They even make 4 camera kits, so not only do you see the back, you also see the front and both sides as well. Up for review today is their top of the line iBeam TE-360-3D. It’s their 360 degrees 3D camera system.



Features and specs:

Includes (4) high resolution 180-degree fish-eye cameras

Exclusive fish-eye distortion correction

Seamless 3D & 360 degree video merging

Dynamic & intelligent view angle switching

Includes calibration tools

Independent camera calibration

3D video de-interlacing and noise reduction technology for CVBS signal decoding

Digital 1080p recorder supporting up to 32GB USB flash drive or SD card

Smart power management to preserve battery power

Automatic recording for up to 28 hours

SD card sold separately (TE-16SD)


The iBeam TE-360-3D came in a nice looking color printed box, with photos of different views of the vehicle with the camera in use. Also shown was its features and photos of the equipment included. Opening the box, revealed a well protected product held in place with custom molded foam. Included is the interface, interface wiring harness, remote control, the 4 fisheye cameras, camera extension cables,  calibration tools, and installation instructions. They even included a hole saw, to cut the hole for the cameras. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic for the wires. But the interface was a metal box. The 4 cameras were also made of metal for the housing, and the lens actually appeared to be glass. The quality of materials used was excellent, especially for the lenses. I was not expecting the metal housing. Fit and finish was also very good.

 

The iBeam TE-360-3D is unique. With the 4 cameras, each being 180 degree fish-eye cameras, you get a complete panoramic view of all 4 sides of the vehicle. Not only can you switch between viewing of the different cameras individually, it also does video merging. This video merging allows you to see around the entire vehicle at the same time. The interface also includes a built-in DVR with recording onto either a SD card or flash drive for up to 28 hours. The included remote allows for simple navigation in the interface. There’s even integrated triggers so when you back up, or turn, you get the image of the direction you’re heading. You even get alerts for potential collisions. And since the system can record even when the vehicle is parked, it’s also great for surveillance. It sounds like it could be too good to be true, so I am excited to see how well it actually works!


The included installation guide is very easy to read and follow. Typically that is often the weak link in a product, so I was very impressed! For you guys that are going to be installing this yourself, that’s very good news. It’s a fairly sophisticated system in its abilities. So if you are competent in your handywork, you should be fine by just following the instructions. And as long as your car receiver has a camera input, or video input, which most do, you’ll be golden for this camera system.  Now that it’s installed, lets see how it works!
 


The iBeam TE-360-3D integrated seamlessly with my Kenwood eXcelon Reference DDX9905S receiver.  The included remote worked well in getting everything set-up.   The menus are self explanatory, so getting everything set up was simple.  And I loved the way it integrated.  When I turn on my truck, my receiver turns on, and it shows the front of the vehicle.  When I back up out of my garage, it automatically switches view to the back of my truck so I can see what is behind me.   The same also happens when I turn.  Whether it is left or right, when I use the turn signal, it automatically shows the image of the direction that I am turning.  Once the turn signal is no longer engaged, it automatically goes back to display the source that I was listening to. 

I love the way it automatically goes to the direction I am going.  And once I am done turning, or backing up, it automatically goes back to the regular radio display.  Part of the set-up is you can select the type of vehicle that shows up on the display with the cameras.  It was a little confusing to me why it can’t just show the image of your vehicle that it is seeing, but no big deal.  My truck is a full-size Nissan Titan, and while it showed the image of the vehicle that was designated in the set-up screen, like a generic SUV, it still showed a very small part of my truck. 



The dual screen images was also really cool.  The screen is split in two. The right side of the screen displays where you are going.  If you are turning left, it will display the image from the camera on the left side of the vehicle.  If you are backing up, it will be the image of the rear camera that will be displayed.  And the image on the left side is the 360 degree image of the vehicle.  In the middle of the screen is an image of the entire vehicle, from the viewpoint of the top of the vehicle, as if you were looking down at it.  And it shows what is in front of the vehicle, behind the vehicle, as well as what is on all sides.  It is a stitched image from all four cameras to give you a 360 degree image of what is around the vehicle.  It’s pretty cool. 



While it’s really cool having a camera system in my Titan, and the image looks cool when it comes up on my display, that’s not the most important part.  It’s the added security that it gives me that is the most critical and beneficial.  Seeing vehicles next to me when I turn, or what’s behind me, can potentially be huge.  It can be an accident saver.  Especially when you’re backing up.  I’ve heard the nightmare stories of the toddler playing behind the vehicle that wasn’t seen by the parent backing up.  Now you can see what is behind you, immediately behind you.  The peace of mind alone is well worth any cost of the system.  Fortunately I have not needed to see how the built-in DVR works in the time of an accident.  But I am glad that it constantly records video onto a memory card, that way if there is an accident, you have it saved for law enforcement.

 

The iBeam TE-360-3D is iBeam’s top of the line system, and it showed. The quality of materials and the components were excellent, and a well written manual was provided. It should give many years of service. And it all came together in a great looking image on screen. It worked just as it should, which is one of the best compliments you can give. Based on its design, features, quality, and performance, the iBeam TE-360-3D has earned our Editor’s choice award. At an MSRP of $1,032 it isn’t cheap, but you do tend to get what you pay for. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.ibeamusa.com.  A free sampling of the product being provided did not in any way impact the opinions in the review.



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Sunday, November 24, 2019

JBL Link Bar Voice-Activated Sound Bar Review


If you are looking for great sound, you don’t have to look any further than JBL. They have a ton of great sounding products. But they also are great innovators! One of those great sounding innovative products is their JBL Link Bar. It’s a soundbar for your TV, so you get much better sound for your TV. But it’s so much more than just a sound bar.


Features and specs:

Transducer:  2 x 20mm (0.8”) tweeter, 4 x (44x80)mm (1.7"x3.2”) racetrack driver

Total Maximum Power:  100W

Frequency response:  75Hz–20kHz

Signal-to-noise ratio:  >85dBA

Power Supply:  100-240V~50/60Hz

Bluetooth version:  4.2

Bluetooth transmitter frequency range:  2402–2480MHz

Wireless network:  802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)

Multi 4k video HDMI input:  Yes

Chromecast built-in:  Yes

Dimensions (W x H x D):  1020 x 60 x 93mm

Gross Weight:  4.4kg

Net Weight:  2.5kg

Note

LINK BAR is intended to be used for streaming music. A consumer can stream Bluetooth audio to the speaker. A consumer can connect their speaker to the local Wi-Fi Network and stream music with Google Chromecast. In addition, the speaker will work with Google Home. This product is designed to be instantly on and ready to play music at a moment's notice, therefore, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection must remain active at all times to ensure proper operation.

LINK BAR is in compliance with the European Union energy legislation. LINK BAR complies with European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 (HiNA and (EU) No 801/2013 as a networked equipment with high network availability equipment and equipment with HiNA functionality):  Yes

Power consumption:

Off Mode:  N/A

Standby:  N/A

Network Standby:  N/A

Time to standby:  N/A

Active Standby*:  5.5W

*Active Standby:

LINK BAR is connected to a wireless network but does not provide active audio functions. when LINK BAR is plugged into a wall socket, regardless whether it is muted or not, words "Hey Google" or "Ok Google" it is automatically on active standby mode. It will respond to you if you say the trigger.


The JBL Link Bar came in a great looking color printed box, with images and specs of the product. Opening the box revealed a well protected product held in place by custom foam. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some cloth and metal. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish was very good. It’s a very well made product and it shows. Also included was the remote, power cord, HDMI cable, mounting kit, and owner’s manual



Setting up the JBL Link Bar was very easy. It was just a matter of plugging in the provided HDMI to the back of my TV, and then plugging it into the wall outlet. Once turned on, it basically set up itself. Its tutorial walks you through connecting it to your home wi-fi network, as well as setting up the apps that you want to use. I honestly think my elderly father could have done it, which is saying something. Using the Bluetooth feature was just as easy. It was just a matter of pressing the Bluetooth button on the remote, selecting the JBL Link Bar in the list of devices on the Bluetooth screen of my LG V40 Thinq Smartphone, and then pressing the ok button on the remote to accept the pair.


I also really like the design of the JBL Link Bar. The cloth covers the entire front to give an elegant look. The top features a few needed buttons in case the remote gets misplace. There are mounts on the back so you can mount it on the wall under the TV if you so wish. And on the back are the connectors. You get connectors for 3.5mm audio, an optical, and 3 HDMI inputs, and 1 HDMI output for the TV. So if you don’t need surround sound, no receiver is needed. With the JBL Link Bar you have HDMI inputs for a cable box, Blu-Ray player and even a gaming system. According to the specs in the manual, there are 2 round tweeters and 4 oval drivers. So each side has a tweeter and two drivers. On the end at each side is a port to help with bass response. Now that it’s set up, let’s hear how it sounds!



Since it is the holiday season, I turned to my favorite group for Christmas music, Manheim Steamroller: God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman. Cymbals were crisp and clean, horns were smooth and not too brassy. Drums had nice impact, depth, and authority. Strings were smooth with very nice harmonies. It also had very good stereo separation, imaging, and width and depth of soundstage for a soundbar. Pat a Pan: The shaker, tambourine and temple block were nice and crisp. The flute was nice and smooth with a great amount of air and tonguing technique. The violin was smooth with very good harmonics. The drums had good dynamics, impact and depth. There were a lot of instruments, and the JBL Link Bar provided the needed resolution for them all to shine. Fum, Fum, Fum: the drums had nice impact, fullness of depth and pitch definition, triangles were crisp and clean, violin had nice resolution of the bow on the strings, piccolo had very nice smooth texture with good air. Oboe had very good texture of the reed. Kickdrum played with nice impact, depth, and authority. The high hat was also crisp and clean with nice details.



It may seem like I’m loving the JBL Link Bar, I actually had a hard time with the testing. It did so well, I got to thinking, ok, where’s it’s Achilles heal? But it actually did everything very well! Thanks to its loaded features, it does so much. It can be a key part of a smart home, helping to control things like lights and the thermostat. The voice activated part of it, for Google Assistant, also worked well with providing the help we needed.  My kids have loved it for accessing their Spotify play lists, YouTube Videos, and Disney Plus video content. They also tend to listen to it pretty loud, and the JBL Link Bar did not disappoint in the least.



If you like streaming services, the JBL Link Bar has you covered. If you have or are wanting to set-up a connected home, it will have you covered as well. And then there’s also the much better sound when you compare it to the sound from your flat screen TV. For it being a sound bar, I was extremely impressed with the stereo separation, imaging, and size of soundstage. It did everything very well. With an MSRP of $399, it’s worth every penny. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the JBL Link Bar has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.JBL.com.


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Gourmia GPS-650 Smoker Pressure Cooker and Steamer Review


Have you ever walked down the street and smelled the most amazing smell in the world…smoked bbq cooking and not for you. I don’t know about anyone else, but I always tell myself that I will someday plan ahead far enough to devote the 10-12 hours needed for one of those wonderful smells, and then never actually do. But there is good news for all those fellow procrastinators out there. Up for review today is Gourmia’s 1-hour smoker pressure cooker model #GPS-650.  It’s a game changer in all sense of the word!



Features and specs:

Combining a Programmable Pressure Cooker, Steamer and a smoker all-in-1 appliance.

Digital display shows time temperature and status.

3 Adjustable Pressure control settings. Cooks food up to 70% faster.

Variable two-level rack which holds up to 4 lbs. of food in the aluminum, thermal-coated inner pot.

Automatically switch to warm feature. ETL Certified. Size: 6.5QT. Product Dimensions: 12 x 16 x 12.5.







The Gourmia GPS-650 came securely packaged in a nice looking color printed box, with photos and specs printed on the outside. Opening the box revealed the cooker securely packaged with a fitted Styrofoam holder. Materials used in the construction was both metal and plastic.  Quality of materials used was excellent as was the fit and finish.  The cooker came with its power cord, a smoker cube, a rack and the instruction manual.



The cooker has several pieces to it: the outer casing, the lid and the inner cooking pot. These can be used for a variety of cooking possibilities. There is the pressure cooker setting, the smoker setting and the steam setting. It does not have the sauté setting that typically appear on a regular instapot. This is partially because the heating element sticks up in the middle of the cooking pot and so it doesn’t heat up quite like a typical instapot. It is possible to slow cook in this pot using the steam setting.


While there wasn’t a recipe book included with the GPS-650, they do have a recipe book on the product page of their website. The instructions on how to prepare to use were clear and easy to follow. Our first attempt at smoking was bbq pulled pork for a football game. We had perfectly cooked and seasoned meat after only an hour in the pressure cooker. They were yummy! We were out before we had eaten our fill! We also tried a roast and employed the cold smoker option to add some flavor to cheese. Everything turned out perfectly. One word of caution, do NOT forget to include liquid in the bottom of the pan before cooking, it ensures that there is enough steam in the pot to adequately cook and to keep everything tender and at its best. We did forget to add water one time, and the meat did shrink some.  Definitely add the water! The smoke flavor can be a bit intense if you eat food directly after it’s done, but this mellows fairly quickly, so don’t worry too much if you take a quick taste after it’s done and it seems a bit strong.



And when I stated before that it is a game changer, I cannot emphasize that enough!  Just think about what this does……smoked meat in 1 hour.  That’s right….smoked meat in just 1 hour!  No longer will it take hours and hours!  I love my instapot, and I use it regularly. The GPS-650 fits right into my kitchen needs and will be loved for many seasons to come. We are planning on using it to smoke the turkey this Thanksgiving!   And I plan on telling my bbq buddies how I can now smoke meat in just an hour.  


At the end of the day, the Gourmia GPS-650 is a great smoker as well as pressure cooker and steamer.  But the real magic is in the smoker, both as a hot and cold smoker.  And the smoked cheeses were also great as well!  It’s also a well made quality product that should provide years of use.  And with an MSRP of $259 it is also well priced.  Based on design, features, quality, and performance, the Gourmia GPS-650 has earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.gourmia.com.


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Escort Max 360c Premium Radar Detector Review


Some people, myself included, have what we jokingly call a medical condition…lead foot syndrome. As Sammy Hagar said in his song, I can’t drive 55.  Some of us, myself included, would prefer to be able to go over the speed limit. And since speeding tickets are pricey, it’s easy to turn to radar detectors. There’s a lot of different options. One of the premium brands is Escort. You tend to get what you pay for, and up for review today is their top of the line portable model, the Escort Max 360c. MSRP is $649.



Features and specs:

Built-In-WiFi

The ESCORT MAX 360c is the first radar and laser detector designed for the connected car. With built-in Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only), the MAX 360c updates through the on-board Wi-Fi connection, alerting the driver to the latest ticket threats in real-time.

360° Directional Alerts

Forward and rear facing antennas pinpoint threats around your entire vehicle. Intuitive on-screen arrows display the direction of the threat relative to you.

AutoLearn™ Technology

GPS intelligence, IVT filtering, and AutoSensitivity come together to eliminate false signals by learning your route and varying sensitivity with vehicle speed.



IVT Filter™

Automatically reduces false alerts from In-Vehicle Technology like collision avoidance systems and adaptive cruise control.

Defender™ Database

Gain access to the largest, most up-to-date resource alerting drivers to speed cameras, traps, and red light cameras. Plus, create hot spots and mark locations.

Intelligent Speed Sensitivity

Automatically adjusts sensitivity based on your speed to eliminate false alerts and maximize precision.



Directional Alert Arrows

Arrows indicate the direction of the radar source for 360° protection



Immediate Response

Digital signal processing provides best-in-class range and lighting fast response.



Connected Car Compatible

Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) connectivity allows for instant crowd sourced alerts and software updates.



Defender Database

Get a bird’s eye view with red light and speed camera alerts in advance.



AutoLearn Technology

Intelligent GPS-based technology learns your route and rejects false alerts.



ESCORT Live

Real-time alerts from a community of over 3 million drivers.



OPERATING BANDS

X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz

K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz

Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz

Laser 904nm, 33 MHz Bandwidth



RADAR RECEIVER/DETECTOR TYPE

Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO

Scanning Frequency Discriminator

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)



LASER DETECTION

Quantum Limited Video Receiver



SENSITIVITY CONTROL

Highway, Auto, Auto No X, Auto Lo K



DISPLAY TYPE

Graphic Multi-Color OLED

Bar Graph

ExpertMeter

SpecDisplay

5 Levels of Brightness with Full Dark Mode



POWER REQUIREMENT

12VDC, Negative Ground

Escort SmartCord USB Included



COMPACT SIZE

1.38” H x 3.25” W x 5.15” L



USER PREFERENCES

User Mode: Advanced / Novice

Pilot: Scanning Bar / Full Word

Arrow Mode: Single / Multiple / Band

Display Color: Blue/Green/Red/Amber

Speed Display: On / Off

Cruise Alert: Off / 20 – 160 mph

Over Speed: Off / 20 – 160 mph

Over Speed Limit: Off / Spd Limit / 5 over / 10 over / 15 over / 20 over

Meter Mode: Standard/FR1/FR2/Spec/Expert/Simple

Tones: Standard / Standard+ / Mild

AutoMute: Low / Med / High / Off

AutoLearn: On / Off

Units: English / Metric

Language: English / Spanish

Voice: On / Off

GPS Filter: On / Off

Auto Power: Off / 1-8 Hours

Bands: X/K/KN1-KN4/Ka/KaN1-KaN10/Ka-POP/Laser/TSR

Markers: Other/RedLight/RedLight & Speed Cam/Speed Cam/Speed Trap/Air Patrol

Clear Locations: Marked/Lockouts/Defender/Format

Wi-Fi: On / Off

Bluetooth: On / Off

Auto Update: Off/Database/Firmware/All

Perform Update: Firmware/Database





The Escort Max 360c came in a nice looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the product. Opening the box revealed a zipper case. Opening the case showed two internal compartments. One held the radar detector, the other held the accessories. The accessories comprised of the windshield mount, and power cable. Materials used in the construction of the radar detector and the accessories was mostly plastic with some metal. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish was excellent. The Escort Max 360c is a premium product and it shows, not only in the quality of the product but also in the presentation. Also included was the quick reference guide, and warranty card.



One of the features of the Escort Max 360c is the ability to work with the new iDatalink Maestro RR2. With the Maestro RR2 incorporated into your system, the information and alerts will also show on the stereo receiver. Since our reference receiver is the compatible Kenwood Excelon Reference DDX9905S, we will be reviewing the functionality of the Escort Max360c with the iDatalink Maestro RR2 and the Kenwood Excelon Reference DDx9905S, once the Maestro RR2 is ready for release.



Installation and setup was very easy. The Quick Reference Guide was very easy to read and follow. Once the app was downloaded on my LG V40 ThinQ Smartphone, pairing the Max 360c with my LG V40 was very quick and easy. Going through the settings and making any changes was also very simple. The magnet system used to connect the Escort Max 360c to the windshield mount was also very cool and easy to use.



The layout of the Escort Max 360c also made it fairly simple to use. All of the buttons were on the top in a central location. They were also logically laid out. This is a good thing, because at the angle it was at, and being mounted right under my rearview mirror, it was a little difficult to read. It may have been a little simple to use in some install locations if some of the buttons were located on the sides, but that’s just a personal preference. I also did really like the 4 LED lights on the front, to show where the radar was coming from, when it detects radar. And now that it’s set up and installed, let’s see how it performs!



I had high expectations from Escort on their Max 360c, and they did not disappoint with its performance.  Installation was a breeze, and I especially liked the magnetic mount. Setup was also a breeze pairing it to my LG V40 ThinQ.  And performance of its primary function as a radar detector also worked excellent.  There were several times when it warned me of upcoming officers checking speeds of oncoming vehicles.  There was one time when it was just one of those speed signs showing you your speed to tell you to slow down.  But the other times I was glad of the warnings.  I also really liked access to the Escort Live database, as there were also multiple times that I got warnings of an upcoming speed trap location.  The Directional Alert Arrows was also a really cool feature, showing you the direction of where the radar was coming.  They offer a Limited Ticket Guarantee, and seeing how well it performed I can see how they can offer it.  I would have no problems trusting the Escort Max 360c.



The Escort Max 360c is a premium portable radar detector.  While its price point is not for all at $649 MSRP, you do get what you pay for.  It offers a premium design as well as premium quality.   And it performed very well.  And with the high price of some tickets, you want to have a product that you know you can trust.  If you are in the market for a radar detector, the Escort Max 360c deserves to be on your short list.  Based on its design, features, quality, and performance the Escort Max 360c has earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.escortradar.com.   


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